Principles and Practice of Structural Equation Modeling (Methodology in the Social Sciences) Paperback – 7 Sep 2010
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"Kline provides a text that is accessible for graduate students, practitioners, and researchers who are not intimately familiar with SEM techniques. In addition, he effortlessly summarizes current information that researchers who already use SEM should have….A major strength of the book is the individual chapter examples with explanation of the values provided from a variety of statistical analysis packages." - James B. Schreiber, Center for Advancing the Study of Teaching and Learning, Duquesne University, USA
"The coverage is excellent and the writing style is friendly and direct, with a subtle humor that I find refreshing. I especially like the new topic boxes in the third edition, most of which discuss issues that I have had to address separately in lectures." - Jacob Marszalek, Division of Counseling and Educational Psychology, University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA
"This is now the #1 book I will recommend to students and substantive researchers (who are not quantitative specialists) who want to learn SEM! Compared to most SEM books that I have seen, this one strikes a better balance between accessibility and breadth. In the third edition, Kline not only has updated the material, but has substantially improved it." - Noel A. Card, Division of Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona, USA
"In the third edition, Kline has improved the pedagogical value of his book relative to prior editions and to other SEM books. The Web page featuring complete computer syntax and data for the examples is very helpful. Other new material further supports a reader’s understanding of SEM." - Craig Wells, School of Education, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA
"Of all the introductory SEM texts, this one is the most interesting to read. Anyone who has taken a course in basic algebra or introductory statistics will be able to understand the ideas and work through the exercises, and those who work their way through the book will have a good foundation in SEM and will be able to use it effectively." - David F. Gillespie, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
About the Author
Rex B. Kline, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Since earning a doctorate in clinical psychology, he has conducted research on the psychometric evaluation of cognitive abilities, child clinical assessment, structural equation modeling, training of behavioral science researchers, and usability engineering in computer science. Dr. Kline has published five books, six chapters, and more than 40 articles in research journals.
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The explanation of path theory was randomly dense and unintelligible. They are definitely not writing for neophytes.
If he's alive today, however, I'm sure he feels much better. He'd be 64 now, and chances are he's had a chance to read Rex Kline's Principles and Practice of Structural Equation Modeling. Coupled with new, much more user-friendly software such as AMOS and CALIS, Kline's SEM book is not only readable but almost easy, while at the same time being comprehensive in coverage.
I never thought I'd see a book that presents not only the order condition for identification, but the rank condition, as well, without using matrix algebra. But Kline pulls it off. This example exemplifies Kline's talent for making really complex statistical procedures eminently accessible.
If my dissertation director is still working, I'm sure he's no longer intimidated by SEM, and he's using it to estimate informative models. In large measure, I'd be willing to guess, his new-found analytical power is due to Rex Kline's excellent textbook. I've benefited enormously from reading it.
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